Huge Fire Hits UT Mineral Plant

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 01:07 PM gHale

A fire at a nutritional products laboratory in a manufacturing facility sent massive flames and a huge cloud of smoke skyward Monday afternoon in Clearfield, UT.

The building is a manufacturing facility operated by Albion Minerals. According to their website, the company is owned by Balchem and “is the world leader and innovator in mineral amino acid chelate nutrition.”

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The 12 employees inside the plant managed to get out safely through the south door, said Mark Sessions, spokesman for the North Davis Fire District.

“When we arrived there were flames shooting out I’d say probably 20 to 30 feet,” Sessions said. “It has been seen from as far away as Salt Lake to Brigham City.”

Crews from the North Davis Fire Department plus the Clinton, Layton, Sunset, Roy and Hill Air Force Base fire departments all responded to this five0-alarm fire.

“On the back side of the building we had a number of 55 gallon drums of ethanol that could cause quite an explosion,” Sessions said. “So we have cleared the trailer court to the west of us because of the smoke and also because of the potential for the explosion.”

Fighting the fire in 100-degree heat also took a toll on some of the firefighters.

“We’ve had five or six that were taken to hospital just for precautionary only,” Sessions said. “Nothing life threatening just with the heat and the smoke that this wind’s generating. It’s coming every which way and to will change as we’re standing here.”

Sessions said he had no indication of the cause of the fire and investigators would begin an investigation when the fire is totally out.

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